Nutrition Programme Specialist

Save the Children

Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Phonexay Village Xaysettha District Vientiane Capital


The role

We are currently looking for Nutrition Programme Specialist based in Luangphabang

Role Purpose

Save the Children International in Lao PDR implements a comprehensive Primary Health Care Program (PHC) in 5 districts of Luang Prabang. The Primary Health Care Program focuses on  strengthening of  the health system including community health systems and community nutrition interventions. The program prioritises sustainability by specifically focusing  on capacity building of health managers and technical staff to improve management of district health activities and strengthen the quality of health services, prioritising maternal, new-born child health and nutrition activities. There is strong  government partner ownership of the PHC approach. All activities in the PHC Program are delivered by government staff, at provincial, district and  health centre level. The program also supports training of community health workers and mobile clinic outreach to remote villages.  In addition, the PHC program works in partnership with an EU funded integrated nutrition project (SCALING), which is implemented in 7 districts of Luang Prabang province.  In 2017 SCI began a process of designing a social and behavior change communication plan  to improve maternal and child nutrition with a focus on community ownership, cross sector collaboration and nutrition skills capacity building for community volutneers and government staff . In 2018 implementation of the SBCC approach commenced and by mid 2019 the SBCC approach is being implemented in  73 villages in 5 districts with the plan to scale up to an additional 50 more villages in 2019.

The role of the Save the Children PHC nutrition manager is to provide high quality technical leadership for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition interventions across the portfolio of  health and nutrition work in Luang Prabang province.  A large percentage of the time for this position will be spent at district and community level to build the skills of government and community partners using a ‘ learning by doing approach.” Documentation of learning, representation and advocacy at local and national level for mother and child nutrition using evidence from field implementation is an important part of this position.  

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly. 


Ensure they fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures.

Conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.

MANAGEMENT -  provide input into strategy review and development;  lead on the development of SCI PHC technical teams workplans for nutrition, monitor the implementation of SCI health team and government partners annual nutrition workplans. Provide input into annual budget development; provide regular support to PHC nutrition staff including quarterly review of performance and provision of on the job capacity building; plan and conduct technical nutrition meeting team meetings and provide input into development of donor reports and proposal development.

TECHNICAL  SUPPORT  - Provide ongoing high quality technical support to the SCI  PHC  technical team and senior government technical staff  to enable them to build the skills of the provincial and district health staff in Luang Prabang to effectively implement nutrition services and  traing and support community volunteers for  community nutrition interventions.  Provide input into the design of nutrition proposals and interventions, support planning and roll out of activities, ensure quality monitoring, supportive supervision and documentation of learning. Provide input into and  participate in quarterly provincial Project Management Team meetings, program reviews, workshops and  technical trainings. Participate in report writing pertaining to implementation of nutrition activities, research studies, case studies etc.

MONITORING AND SUPERVISION - Provide input into the design of log frames and monitoring indicators for nutrition activities. Support SCI staff and partners to monitor the implementation of nutrition activities to support quality and determine accomplishment and key milestones.  Provide on the job mentoring to government partners and SCI staff for timely utilization of nutrition data for program management decisions. Support the government partners and SCI health team to regular document and share lessons learnt at appropriate forums. Lead on the design and implementation of nutrition and anthropometric survey  including sampling size, sampling methods and data analysis using SMART software and other data analysis packages.


Document learning, conduct nutrition advocacy at local and national level for mother and child nutrition using evidence from field implementation.  Represent SCI at local and national nutrition forum and technical working groups. In collaboration with the SCI Country Office team develop and strengthen relationships with donors, development agencies, SCI country offices, SCI members and research institutes working to support nutrition in East Asia region

Ensure full participation and fulfillment of responsibilities to share Laos nutrition learning in regional initiatives and in promoting regional collaboration.


  • Masters degree in Nutrition or Public Health with nutrition major preferred

Experience and Skills


  • At least 5 years of experience for design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community based nutrition programs in development context, including design, implementation and analysis of anthropometric surveys and Social and Behaviour Change communication approaches
  • Previous experience working in partnership with health ministries, international NGOs/ UN agenciesand local stakeholders
  • Experience in adult learning methods, curriculum development, mentoring, design, implementation and evaluation of capacity building activities
  • Prior experience and knowledge of development and implementation of social behavior change communication strategies
  • Proficient in quantitative research methods and data analysis software and experience in qualitative methods
  • Proficient in design and implementation of nutrition and anthropometric surveys.
  • Proficient in English and Lao Language including strong report writing skills

Contract length: fixed term 

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Interested candidates please submit a full application using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including contact details of three professional referees (current and last line managers and HR department). Please also include details of your salary expectations and a copy of your ID card to Save the Children, HR Team, Rue Nerhu, Unit 25, Ban Phonexay (PO Box 7475) or email to hr.laos@savethechildren.org  

Please note that we will require a copy of your Criminal Records (ໃບ້ແຈ້ງໂທດ) later. 

Please indicate the title of position in your email subject line and also mention the location you apply to 

Closing date for applications is: 20 October 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Save the Children International is a child rights based organization. Safe recruitment is central to the safeguarding of children and young people that we come into contact with, and support through our programmes.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Save the children is an equal opportunities employer, qualified females, persons with disability and candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children

Save the Children

Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Phonexay Village Xaysettha District Vientiane Capital

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Email : hr.laos@savethechildren.org
Telephone : (+856-21) 454201-3

Save the Children is the world's largest independent child rights development organization, making a difference to children's lives in more than 100 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. is the world's largest independent child rights development organization, making a difference to children's lives in more than 100 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

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